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A fascinating little museum of border Reavers and prison

A small museum on four levels from the dungeon to the top floor. Various storyboards telling... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
Hereford, United Kingdom
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This is a very interesting part of the history of Hexham town. Well set out and explains a lot... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2017
Jessica H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Hexham House Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

We were not impressed with this 'museum'. There are plenty of waxwork models and tableaux depicting various degrees of misery, but very few artefacts. The 'dungeon' is an empty hole in the ground which you can view while suspended in a glass lift, and there...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

A small museum on four levels from the dungeon to the top floor. Various storyboards telling history of the cross border skirmishes that went on between families, and the place that various personages played in the running of the gaol and being in there. A...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Really interesting. Lots of information on the Border Reivers who were a violent bunch! Lawlessness ruled for many years - don't worry - it's better now!

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Note this is a small museum. If you are in Hexham it is worth visiting here. The old gaol aspect of the museum gives an interesting look at how the gaol was managed. The boarder history aspect is also interesting. It is not a place...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank DavidBicester
Reviewed September 1, 2017

Lots and lots of information present. Over three floors, well the dungeon is only viewable from the lift. An oubliette really. Must have been terrifying for the prisoners. Shows clearly what life was like at the time, and the justice system, or, lack of it....More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

We at first was reluctant to pay the £4 admission charge what appear for a very small museum, so we went away & thought about it & so glad we came back , as not only was the staff so friendly & helpful to give...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

This is a very interesting part of the history of Hexham town. Well set out and explains a lot about the way of life in past centuries for the ihabitants of Hexham

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

Truly amazing that anyone lived through our recent past, you could get hung for almost anything! Good little museum with a focus on the buildings history as a gaol. Difficult to imagine the squalor of the place in days gone by. Well worth a visit

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank drout
Reviewed May 9, 2017

Lovely old building. Museum is quite small, but interesting none the less, especially the history of the rievers. Sort of place to spend an hour or two, rather than a whole day, but worth a visit if in Hexham

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank lukedwards
Reviewed April 21, 2017

We were the only visitors in here till we left, such a shame as it is excellent. You are given a laminated sheet to help guide you round and the lift up and down makes it a great visit for those who find stairs difficult....More

Date of experience: April 2017
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